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Men's 1s Vs. Maidenhead 1s and Men's Vets win Pistoia Tournament - Saturday 24th September 2022


Banbury Men’s 1s Kick Off with a Draw and the Men’s Vets Carry Home the Cup


Banbury HC Men's 1s - 1, Maidenhead 1s - 1


Banbury kicked off their season with a frustrating draw at home against Maidenhead. With Tyson Nunneley on international duty and Jacob Buckner Rowley out injured the team featured Sam Pick and Ben Clarke and welcomed the return of George Brooker.


The first half was a tight affair with Banbury just having the edge as Brooker, Joe Allen, Sam Chadbourne, and Harry Simons dominated midfield. But chances went missing despite great work by Captain Will Kellett and Harry Simons and the first half finished in stalemate.


The second half was more open and after ten minutes it was Captain Kellett that took the lead with a craftily disguised drag flick that hit the backboard between the Maidenhead keeper's legs making it a deserved 1-0 to Banbury. However, Maidenhead scored an equaliser ten minutes later after they turned defence into a quick break to overrun the Banbury defence. Banbury then took the initiative winning a stream of penalty corners that Josh Nunneley and Kellett couldn’t convert. Simons thought he had the winner when he deftly struck the ball home before full time but was unlucky to be chalked off for an apparent foul. The match finished 1-1 with Banbury the more frustrated of the two teams.


Banbury manager, Andy Camp said “we need to be more clinical with our chances from now on. The squad is looking strong and we showed at the end of last season that we can score freely when we stretch teams and open up play. Next week is away against Staines and so we need to hit top gear early”.


Meanwhile, the Banbury Men’s vets came home with the top silverware from their tournament at Pistoia near Pisa. They won all of their 3 matches against strong Italian veteran international squads to take the tournament trophy back to Banbury. Captain Gary White said “it was a great effort by all the squad and we played some tough opponents but we worked hard often weathering early pressure and then dominating the second halves. A great weekend away in Italy for all”.

Photo: Captain Will Kellett scores the opener

Photo: Banbury Vets Captain Gary White carries home the Italian tournament cup in Pistoia


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